Today is the feast of St Francis, celebrated by Anglicans, Lutherans, and Catholics, and believers of all who see the protection of our environment important. Francis, whom I consider to be the original “Ecotheologian“. A person who understood that creation was the first bible. St. Francis, during his life, lived in a pivotal period when Western […]Read more "Feast Day of the original “Ecotheologian”"
In the early church, near the end of the first century when Luke was written, we see persecution, hunger, poverty, pain, and sorrow are part of the human experience. (Lk 6:20-26) As we see the same for today how do we look inside ourselves to see if these realities of life around us bring us […]Read more "means to influence our journey"
Plato, Socrates, and Kierkegaard tried to teach and encourage calm and serene thought, considerate and conscious human conversations, generosity of the spirit, the benefit of the doubt, reticence to judge, careful to speak, considered values, and prudent acts as essential pathways to find and understand, often provisionally, the truth because the truth is never a […]Read more "“In the borders of our lives”"
Practice: Vow of Nonviolence “Years ago, the Center for Action and Contemplation staff, volunteers, and friends were invited to say this vow together. Today I renew my commitment to nonviolence and invite you to make this vow your own as well. Recognizing the violence in my own heart, yet trusting in the goodness and mercy […]Read more "Practice: Vow of Nonviolence"
The first of September is the beginning of the Season of Creation, several weeks designated to honor, highlight and improve the natural world. It is a global effort, initiated and organized by faith communities, and runs through the fourth day of October, the Feast of St. Francis (the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and […]Read more "Season of Creation by Julie Peller Ph.D"
The Midway Islands are unincorporated territories of the United States, located about 1300 miles northwest of Honolulu, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Formally designated Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in 1996, there are 2.4 square miles of land. US Fish and Wildlife staff who study seabird habitats and island restoration are currently the […]Read more "GREEN JUNCTION & PLASTICS 14 SEPT 2019 BY JULIE PELLER PH.D."
The World Resources Institute (WRI) is a large, science-based organization with a mission “to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.” The organization focuses on what they term “urgent global challenges,” one of which is water. […]Read more "GREEN JUNCTION 4 Sept 2019 BY JULIE PELLER PH.D."
Reflecting this labor day weekend, growing up in a pro-labor family, and a father very active in the UAW and the state of the world during the ’50s and ’60s reminds me of something Thomas Merton wrote that seems to leave one with the sense we are constantly battling the same battles over and over: […]Read more "Thinking on Labor Day Weekend"
Young people and future generations are set to suffer most from the changing climate and immense environmental degradation (species loss, polluted air, and water, etc.), largely generated over the past several decades. It makes sense to educate children on these critical matters and discuss them. I suggest that young people challenge adults by asking them […]Read more "GREEN JUNCTION 26 AUGUST 2019 BY JULIE PELLER PH.D."
Meister Eckhart once said, “God is like an underground river.” It suggests God is universal and not confined to one location, is all moving. As the old saying goes, “you can’t step into the same river twice.” The statement tells us that we all can access the Source (God) if we dig (our wells) long […]Read more "The River under our feet"